Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk said Thursday he was issuing a “general amnesty” for suspended accounts, which online safety experts predict will lead to an increase in harassment, hate speech and misinformation.
The billionaire’s announcement came after he asked A poll was posted on his timeline to vote on the restoration. For accounts that “have not violated the law or engaged in egregious spam.” 72% voted yes.
“The people have spoken. Amnesty starts next week. Vox populi, vox de,” Musk tweeted, using a Latin phrase that means “voice of the people, voice of God.”
Musk used the same Latin phrase last weekend after posting a similar poll earlier.Former President Donald Trump, who was banned by Twitter on January 6, 2021, for encouraging a capital coup. Trump has said he will not return to Twitter but has not deleted his account.
Such online polls are anything but scientific and can easily be affected by bots.
Several civil rights groups, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Anti-Defamation League, are urgingIn response to Musk’s decision to restore Trump’s posting rights. The organizations claim that Musk reneged on his earlier promise to create a “content moderation council” before restoring the controversial accounts.
Advertisers including Oreo maker Mondelez, Allianz, Audi, General Mills, GM, United Airlines and Pfizer have suspended their ads on Twitter, prompting Musk earlier this month..
after thisOf Twitter, the Tesla founder announced in late October that he would form a council with a “broadly diverse perspective,” saying that the group whose account has been banned will have an opportunity to meet. No one will be allowed to return to the platform before But Trump’s account was reinstated without any input from such a council.
Under Musk, Twitter has revived the otherincluding representative Marjorie Taylor Green, comedian Kathy Griffin, psychologist Jordan Patterson, and the rapper formerly known as Kanye West.